This is question that people who are the first time to plan to get a carbon filter may ask: “Is an Activated Carbon Filter Good Enough to Purify Water”. This question is really practical and there is something valuable to discuss, like its effectiveness, abilities, prices, etc.
My answer is that such an activated carbon water filter may be good enough or may be not good enough, depending on what types of contaminants are really in your water. Like I wrote in another post, there is not a water purifier which can remove all the contaminants in our water. If your current water quality is relatively good, it may be relatively safe to drink. And you can use a carbon filter to improve the taste and smell of your water by removing smell-causing or odor-causing pollutants. Other particulates can also be removed.
However, not all the water treatment companies remove all the threats in our water and some traces of impurities (like lead, viruses, bacteria etc.) are also in our tap water. In this situation, such an activated carbon filter is not good enough to deal with these contaminants. After all, it has its limitations.
If you just want to improve the taste of your tap water, such an activate carbon water is really an affordable option used to treat tap water. But such a filter only can remove some chemical residue and certain particles and its abilities to remove different contaminants depend on its initial goals of its design. Some of them remove pollutants more effectively than others.
If you find that there is a large amount of lead, bacteria and other pollutants in your drink water, carbon filtration is not the suitable filtration choice for you. Therefore, before making a decision on buying a certain filter, you’d better test your water to find what’s in your water. You can ask your local water testing facility or health authorities for helping you and you also can buy a water testing kit to have your water tested yourself. This can affirm your suspicious or the safety of your drinking water.
During the process of collecting your water for testing, you should not avoid contaminating the sample. You’d better strictly follow the water-gathering steps you inquire.
Although most water treatment plants are required and monitored to meet water quality standards, distribution systems may be old and bacteria can easily enter into our water. Traces of lead are even found in our tap water because of aging infrastructure. From the water treatment company to our faucet, there is a long distance and anything can happen. Plus, the addition of chlorine can also leave a residue in the tap water.
If there is a disaster like flooding, our water systems will also be invaded. Bacteria can easily entry our water systems because it easily mixes with flood water and ground water. These bad events can lead to poor water quality and it is essential to test our water.
If your testing results show there are many bacteria and pollutants in your water, you may need at least a secondary water filtration system to remove them and only a carbon filter cannot solve your problem. The best solution is a more than 2-stage water filter that combines an activated carbon filter with reverse osmosis, water distiller or UV filtration unit for purifying our drinking water. More stages of filtration mean more effective to remove those contaminants in our water, ensuring the safety of our water.